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Chefs, Events & Corporate
Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett has an internationally acclaimed passion for excellence.
He is the worlds only producer on the unique "naked" Velvet Truffle.
Award Winning Iain Burnett’s creations have received over 40 awards, including twice Best Truffle in the World at the International Chocolate Awards, Gold from Academy of Chocolate, Triple Gold at the Great Taste Awards, and twice Best Foodservice Product at Food & Drink Excellence.
Iain and his highly skilled team have spent many years refining the exceptional textures and flavours of the Velvet Truffle from his specially designed chocolate kitchen in Highland Perthshire. His clients have ranged from governments to royalty, Albert Roux to Gordon Ramsay, Claridges to British Airways First, Gleneagles to The Macallan.
Exquisite Ingredients – Crafted by Hand
Iain creates the colourfully enrobed or famous pure ganache petit four with rare and delicate cocoas carefully selected for their exceptional range of fruity, aromatic and spicy notes. These are meticulously balanced with natural fruit, spices and unblended fresh cream from a single herd of Scottish Friesians. Extraordinary flavours are discovered by avoiding artificial flavours, preservatives, fats, glucose and sorbitol.
CHEFS & DINING
One of Iain Burnett’s great passions is providing an on-call service to Michelin level chefs who require a consistent level of excellence, often when in-house resources are under pressure and is, more economically, only delivered when required.
The Velvet Truffles deliver a unique and outstanding epicurean experience which guests will not have experienced before. Fresh ideas for bespoke petit fours arise from chef tastings, tailored from the extraordinary flavours, textures and finishes of the acclaimed Velvet Truffles.
The luxurious rich texture of the Velvet Truffle may be served unenrobed as pure ganache, dusted with cocoa, fruit powders, rose petals, tea leaves etc. These can be cut from taster to dessert-trio size (3,5,6,7,10,30g) to suit appetite, display and budget and can be served with bamboo or silver truffle forks.
The enrobed range of classic 10g or thin 7g Velvet Truffles permits easier handling and colourful decoration, including logos. These are not moulded but delicately wrapped in a paper thin layer of chocolate.
RETAIL – FRESH CHOCOLATES
At Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier the team have established the prestigious brand as a strong retail proposition easily transferred into retail units. The wholesale offering has won several retailer awards and allows a generous mark-up. The relationship team can advise on choosing cabinets, best sellers and staff training. Iain Burnett’s Velvet Truffles can be provided in pre-packed gift boxes but retailing them loose from a display cabinet delivers a profitability many times greater: powerful sales magnet with the elegance and colour of the full range of Velvet Truffles, Pralines, Candied fruit, Florentines and Langue de Chat. Higher perceived value sending message of choice, freshness and artisanal quality. higher spend results from wider purchase range from tasting a few, to purchasing in bags or gift boxes of all sizes. A display can also be created of the Unenrobed Velvet Truffles which can be stored pre-packed frozen, without shelf life issues.
GIFT BOXES – EVENTS, CORPORATE, HOUSEKEEPING
Clients find these useful for:
Client gift messages
Room gifts, turndown
Value adding packages
Convey the values of world class excellence and award-winning craftsmanship with artisan produce appreciated by a wide audience yet rarely experienced before. Choose from a delicate butterfly box to Personalize by inserting a message slip under the lid, placing a logo on the chocolate itself, a band around the box or a bespoke designed box. Call off or tracked distribution to your address list. For turndown or room gifts housekeepers can keep filled boxes or share chef’s stock.
Elegant handmade presentation boxes with magnetic lid closure. Gold foil varnished design. A world-class selection of award-winning gourmet chocolates in boxes of 2, 4, 9, 20, 30, 48 pieces.
Personalize by inserting a message slip under the lid, placing a logo on the chocolate itself, a band around the box or a bespoke designed box. Call off or tracked distribution to your address list. For turndown or room gifts housekeepers can keep filled boxes or share chef’s stock.
RETAIL – AMBIENT ITEMS
Expand sales or give small gifts from a special ambient range created by Iain Burnett with a naturally longer shelf life and excellent margins. These are in addition to boxes of fresh Velvet Truffles. Artisan Gourmet Chocolate Bars from 72% São Tomé Dark to the wildly popular Sea Salted Caramel Bar.
Chocolate Florentines in beautiful round boxes with fruit, nuts or ginger.
Dipped Candied Fruit include orange or lemon slices, whole clementines, cherries and others.
Elegant Tins or Satchels carrying popular Hot Chocolate, whole Strawberries in white chocolate, Brazils in milk chocolate, Ginger in dark, and many other classics.
Offer Chocolate-only Tasting Flights
Iain Burnett has created an experience which can be delivered as a unique gift by post with an audio guide, using a tasting mat at a bar, or by staff. It shares insights into the world of artisan gourmet chocolate, taking you on a journey through the sensational flavours, ingredients and textures of his award winning creations.
Offer Chocolate Pairing Flights
Iain has become the foremost consultant on chocolate pairings, working with chefs, sommeliers and Master Distillers for over a decade to create hundreds of pairing flights with food, whiskies, champagnes, gins and wines. Draw on this exciting library or request a bespoke pairing flight to be written for your customers.
Far from short term marketing gimmicks seen elsewhere, the genuine collaboration of the skills of Master Chocolatier and Master Noser create true gastronomic experiences using Velvet Truffles to uncover the differing characteristics of each expression. The result has excited chocolatiers, sophisticated tasters and newcomers alike. Staff training available.
Attracts broader audiences for tastings. Increases visitor tour numbers. Adds value to on/off-trade campaigns, restaurants, bars, retail activations, events. Creation and delivery of volume campaign materials and bespoke boxes.
HOT CHOCOLATE GANACHE
Iain Burnett’s Velvet Truffle Hot Chocolate was judged the Best Hot Chocolate in Europe at the International Chocolate Awards. It is extremely versatile and free from added thickeners or powders. It is a pure liquid ganache of gourmet grade couverture chocolate and fresh Perthshire milk. Serve as a thick “Shot” in an espresso cup or in a jug to stir into a glass of hot milk for a “Tall” hot chocolate. A third option is also possible using a large 30g Velvet Truffle cube on a wooden stirrer to blend into the hot milk.
The relationship team can assist you in sourcing items such as Hot chocolate dispensers, branded cups, stirrers, etc.
Dark or White Chocolate.
Flavours - create a whole menu of flavours, add a drop of Whisky, Mint, Chilli or Orange essential oil...
Fondue - simply serve with fruit, fudge or marshmallows to dip on the side.
Phenomenal Velvet Truffle Ice Cream, just freeze in lidded takeaway espresso cups. Iain Burnett’s Velvet Truffle Hot Chocolate was judged the Best Hot Chocolate in Europe at the International Chocolate Awards. It is extremely versatile and free from added thickeners or powders. It is a pure liquid ganache of gourmet grade couverture chocolate and fresh Perthshire milk.